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The Annual Fleet Ride takes place Oct. 6 at Bayside PHOTO LEFT: After landing at NAS Oceana, Sept. 27, President Barack Obama and Virginia Senator Jim Webb (partially hidden) are greeted by (counterclockwise) Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis and Oceana Executive Officer Capt. Kit Harley Davidson, Chope. RIGHT: Before heading to Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, the President shook hands and posed for photos with Sailors, Marines and DoD civilians Portsmouth. All who greeted him at the flightline. Photos by MC3 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos proceeds benefit Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Registration BY MCC(SW/AW) SONYA ANSAROV through your willingness to listen and learn,”said example. He made a tangible improvement in begins at 9 a.m., Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of Greenert.“I watched you firsthand in the Pacific our Navy,” said Greenert.“I say to you and Bobbi Fleet, at U.S. Fleet Forces, as VCNO, and I had the (wife), thank you very much and our nation and the Navy ride leaves at honor to serve with you for one year as CNO. our Navy thanks you.” noon. Cost is $10, West did not discuss personal accomplishWASHINGTON (NNS) — Master Chief Petty MCPON West had the heartbeat of the Navy. Sailactive, retired Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. ors communicated with him. He challenged Sail- ments during his retirement remarks, instead fomilitary ride free. West gave his last “Hooyah” during the change ors and they loved it.” cusing on thanking family, friends, shipmates and The ceremony marked the end of a nearly 32- mentors who helped shape him into a leader and of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard Event includes Sept. 28. year career for West, who had served as the 12th the memories he’ll take with him of his years of food, contests, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan MCPON since Dec. 12, 2008. During his time as service. live music. More Greenert was the guest speaker for the ceremo- MCPON,West instituted the Senior Enlisted Con“There is simply no way I can mention you all. information at ny and highlighted West’s accomplishments dur- tinuation Board, introduced CPO 365, and imple- Just know that if you are here today, you played www.baysidehd. ing his naval career, while thanking him for his mented the mandatory enlisted warfare designa- some part in the success that I have enjoyed,”said West.“It has been an honor and privilege to serve leadership. tion. com.

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BASE BRIEFS » » »» » »»»»»»» Still time to register team for chili cook-off at Dam Neck Annex There’s still a few days remaining to register your command team for the annual Fleet Week Chili Cook-off.The long-standing Fleet Week tradition will be Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dam Neck Annex Fairwinds Softball Field 1.Some of the best chili on the East Coast will be cooked up during this annual competition. Sponsored by the Jet Observer, the family event will include kids’activities,such as a moonwalk and fun contests, as well as up to 20 teams creating some unique varieties of chili.The new venue offers a roomy location for the chili teams and a picnic area for visitors to sit and enjoy the chili. Admission and parking are free, although there will be a small charge for each chili sample Each team will receive a voucher from Farm Fresh to purchase all needed ingredients. Awards for best tasting, most original, showmanship and big dipper (most samples sold) will earn the top teams cash prizes for their command’s MWR fund. The Fleet Week Chili Cook-off is open to the public. For more information or to register a team,

Tim Horton hosting special event Stop by Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop on NAS Oceana, Oct. 5, 9:30 - 11 a.m. for the chance to win tickets to the Admirals Hockey Team’s Military Appreciation Night. Five lucky winners will receive two free tickets to the game on Oct.12 at 7:30 p.m.Players from the Admirals team, along with their mascot, are scheduled to appear. There will also be free coffee and Timbits, giveaways and much more.

Navy Federal auto sale Navy Federal Credit Union is offering on-site financing on hundreds of new and used cars at its upcoming auto sale at the NAS Oceana Main Gate Park Oct. 13 - 14.This event is open to Navy Federal members,as well as the general public.A wide variety of dealerships will be attending

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with fleet selections.Hours for the sale are Saturday,9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday,11 a.m. to 6 p.m. NFCU member service representatives will be available to open memberships and accept applications on the spot.

ASIST Workshop NAS Oceana/Dam Neck chapels will sponsor an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshop Oct. 11 - 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dam Neck Chapel by the Sea. Participants will learn advanced identification and intervention skills for individuals at heightened risk of suicide. For more information or to register, call 433-2871 or email

Navy birthday celebrations at Oceana During the Navy’s birthday week, Oct. 9 - 13, Navy installations are hosting several events to celebrate. NAS Oceana will have a bell-ringing ceremony on Oct. 12 at 9 a.m., followed by a cake cutting at the Oceana galley. Oceana will also show a free movie on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. The cinema classic,“The Bridges atToko-Ri,”will be shown at the Aerotheater and is open to anyone with normal base access.

Military Spouse Education/Job Fair Oceana Fleet and Family Support Center will host their annual Military Spouse Education/Job Fair, Oct. 12, 9 - 11 a.m. Get the information to complete and/or fund a college education or find employment. Talk to recruiters from more than 20 companies, including NEX,staffing agencies,banks,public schools and workat-home jobs. There will also be education information from local colleges and universities, as well as a financial aid expert from the Educational Opportunity Center. A special display,“Dress for Success for Less:Thrift Store Finds,”will demonstrate how to stretch the budget of $100 for a working wardrobe and still look great. The education/job fair will be at the Oceana FFSC in building 531. For more information about the fair, or to sign up for a job readiness workshop, call FFSC Oceana at 433-2912 and ask to speak to an FFSC employment counselor.

Domestic Violence Awareness program Mrs.Virginia Beach-America 2012 Rae Pearson Benn will share her experience about how domestic violence has impacted her life during a special program, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m., at the NAS Oceana Chapel of the Good Shepherd.

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The program is sponsored by the Navy Fleet and Family Service Center, which partners with local domestic violence shelters and organizations throughout the month to educate DoD personnel. For more information, call the Oceana FFSC at 433-2912.

Old cell phones to be collected The founders of Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit organization that provides free communication tools to active duty military members and veterans, will be collecting used cell phones and distributing free calling cards at the package store, next to Oceana NEX, Oct. 20, 2 - 4 p.m. Cell Phones for Soldiers relies on generous donors for cash contributions and funds raised by the recycling of used cell phones. For more information about the program, visit www. or

Chapel Schedule of Services Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana Protestant


Sunday Sunday School - 9 a.m. Worship (main chapel) 10:40 a.m.

Mass – Tues-Fri, 11:30 a.m. Sun. Mass - 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m.

Chapel by the Sea, Dam Neck - 492-6602 Contemporary Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m.

Confession Saturday 4 p.m. Catholic Worship 5 p.m.

Coffee House - Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Naval Station Norfolk Jewish Services - Fri - 7:30 p.m., Naval Station Norfolk - 444-7361 Islamic Services - Fri - 1:30 p.m., Masjid al Da’waj 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Contact Chaplains: NAS Oceana at 433-2871 FRC Oceana at 4339286, CVW-1 at 433-3676 CVW-7 at 433-2247, CVW-8 at 433-2420, CVW-3 at 433-2098, CVW-17 at 433-2481/2313

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Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic signs proclamation

Chaplain’s Raising awareness about domestic violence Corner

Wrestling BY LT. LEO O’BOYLE Training Support Center Hampton Roads Chaplain As a former missionary to Honduras,it was common to hear people use the verb “luchando” or “wrestling” when describing the complexities of their lives. When I hear the word wrestling, I think of the biblical story of Jacob wrestling the Angel of the Sacred. And although Jacob walks away the victor, he does so with a limp and ultimately his limp identifies him wherever he goes. As people broken by sin, we all limp in different ways. Most of us continue to wrestle with one or more significant obstacles in our lives. But if we are not struggling with one or several problems in our lives, then rest assured, we are six feet under. Solidarity is a great gift when wrestling with difficulties within our marriages, families or work space. One of the worst feelings in the world is to think that our struggles are particular to ourselves. In most cases, that which is most personal to us is often most universal. But fear can be a powerful emotion that keeps us in a place of confusion and isolation negating the benefits of solidarity.Where solidarity does exist there is acceptance, affirmation and eventual hope. This is why one of the most severe of sanctions to the human spirit is solitary confinement. Hope is a necessary agent in wrestling well with the troubles that visit our lives. Faith communities are great places for solidarity, factories of hope. I encourage all of us to seek solidarity in our faith expressions so as to welcome the grace of hope in limping beyond the trials and tribulations of life.

BY DAVID TODD Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

The Navy is observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October as a way to inform the Navy’s Total Force about domestic violence prevention, how to identify the warning signs and how to report abuse. Domestic violence goes beyond physical abuse and affects all age groups and social classes — both male and female.It can include emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. “Preventing domestic violence is a Navywide effort that depends on the commitment of everyone,” said Rear Adm.Tim Alexander, commander, Navy Region MidAtlantic. “I am confident we can reduce incidents of domestic violence by making sure our service members, civilians and their families receive the support they need, and that we hold offenders accountable. Domestic violence degrades readiness and we should never tolerate it.” As part of an effort to combat and pre-

vent domestic violence, Alexander signed a proclamation, Sept. 25, declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In signing, Alexander urged individuals to learn about the warning signs and how to identify domestic abuse. “Oftentimes victims don’t want to come forward because they are afraid,” he said. “We have an obligation to know what to look for and to become actively involved when it occurs.” Alexander stressed that help and support are available for those who are victims of domestic abuse. “There is no shame in seeking help when someone is in an abusive relationship,” he said.“Never hesitate to reach out to your Fleet and Family Support Center, or a Navy chaplain. There are programs and services in place now that can help victims and help us increase our prevention efforts.” There are two reporting options available for victims of domestic abuse:restricted and unrestricted. Restricted reports do — See Domestic Violence, Page 7

Navy Housing Service Centers offer free issue resolution to service members From Commander, Navy Installations Command Housing Program Public Affairs WASHINGTON — As many service members and their families are aware, Navy Housing Service Centers (HSCs) are a resource to help them find on and off-base housing when they are moving to their next duty station. HSCs offer issue resolution services to all Sailors and their families, whether they live on-base, in privatized military housing, or out in the community.All HSC services are provided free of charge. In a recent blog by Vice Adm. Bill French, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), he stated,“As a Navy leader — and someone who lives in Navy housing — I am committed to ensuring service members and their families have suitable, affordable and safe housing. Recent events pertaining to mold in Navy barracks, and government-owned and family privatized housing,

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Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, signs a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the MidAtlantic Region, Sept. 25. In signing, Alexander urged individuals to learn about the warning signs and how to identify domestic abuse.

indicate a need to more clearly communicate assistance available on all issues, but particularly when pertaining to health or safety issues. “This is a personal issue for me. I am determined to ensure we are providing the very best housing throughout the fleet, but I also need your help. If you help me by reporting your housing issues, we can help ensure you maintain a house, or barracks room,that you can feel proud to say is your home,”French added. “The HSC is prepared to serve as the Sailor’s advocate when housing maintenance, health or safety issues arise. For families living in family privatized housing, we can also assist as an independent facilitator to help you and your landlord communicate when there is an issue and assist with coming to a resolution on a dispute,” said Corky Vazquez, CNIC N93 Housing Program manager. “Our housing service center staff has professional relationships with both the privatization partners and many community landlords,” he said.“We want to work with service members and their families to assist them in finding effective housing options wherever they choose to live.” Service members and their families can contact Navy Housing and find information through our active social media sites: Facebook at,Twitter at www., or YouTube at NavyHousing. The website offers plenty of resources for issue resolution services that may be required at housing. Customers can find a listing of HSC contact information at

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TROOPS TO TEACHERS OFFERS PATH TO SECOND CAREER PHOTO: During a Troops for Teachers presentation, Sept. 25 at the Oceana Educational Services Center, Joe Wargo, Troops to Teachers Virginia director, talks with Coast Guardsman ISCS John Holland about the DoD program which recruits service members leaving the military to become teachers in low income areas.

STORY/PHOTO BY MC3 ANTONIO P. TURRETTO RAMOS NAS Oceana Public Affairs Troops forTeachers (TTT) held a seminar, Sept. 25, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Education Services Center to inform service members about opportunities and aid offered by the organization and the procedures associated with becoming an educator after military service. TTT is a Department of Defense program with the primary objective of recruiting quality teachers for schools that serve lowincome families throughout the United States. “Troops to Teachers, the purpose is to help people to transition into teaching in public schools as a second career,” said Joe Wargo, director of Virginia TTT, who provided the seminar. “Our whole mission really is to recruit military folks to become teachers and transition into teaching from the military life,” said Wargo. Wargo said his goal for the seminar is to give information on how to become a teacher specifically in Virginia, but also to give contact information for other states.

According to Wargo, TTT offers advice, counseling and funding for service members looking to become educators after military service.TTT provides a $5,000 stipend to assist military personnel who are retired, within one year of retiring with an approved date, honorably discharged with six or more years of service and willing to obligate an additional three years in the active reserves, or separated for physical disability on or after Jan. 8, 2012. Coast Guard Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist John Holland of the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic, located on Dam Neck Annex, was among service members who attended the seminar. “I am retirement eligible and looking at various options for a second career,” said Holland.“The idea of teaching interests me because it gives me an opportunity to continue to serve in something that I think is noble.” Personnel separated from service because of physical disability must apply within four years after separation. TTT funds are also available to members of drilling Reserves and National Guard with 10 or more years of total service. Military personnel with a bachelor’s degree or one year

equivalent of college and a minimum of six years experience in a vocational or technical field may use the stipend to pay for any approved teacher licensing program in any state-accredited college. The stipend may not be used for training principals, guidance counselors or private school teachers. TTT participants are obligated to teach for three years in a high-need school district. High-need school districts are defined by the percentage of student population living at or under the poverty line. Participants hired to teach in a setting where 50 percent or more of the students

are on free or reduced lunches or their Individual Disability Education Act (IDEA) percentage meets the criteria specified by the Department of Education are eligible for an additional $5,000 bonus. Acceptance of any monies obligates the TTT participant to teach for three years in a poverty-level school. But participants are only obligated to teach at high-need school districts if they accept financial aid from TTT. More than 16,000 veterans have been hired since the founding of the program in 1994. For more information about TTT and registration,visit

Navy sets course for path to chief petty officer for FY 2014 From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy announced guidance for the administration of the Cycle 218 Chief Petty Officer Advancement Examination and the Fiscal Year 2014 Active Chief Petty Officers (CPO) Selection Board via Navy message Sept. 26. NAVADMIN 294/12 pertains to first class petty officers from the Full Time Support (FTS) and active component communities. Navy Selected Reserve (SELRES) exam dates and selection board information will be announced in a separate message. The Navy will administer exams to active

component and FTS Sailors Jan. 17, 2013. Exam ordering timelines, eligibility criteria, deadlines for commands to confirm eligibility lists, waiver application procedures and special requirements are contained in the NAVADMIN.The message also outlines procedures and deadlines for submitting correspondence to the selection board. Sailors should review their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for accuracy at According to the message, the selection board will review the OMPF and performance summary record (PSR) parts I, II and III of all candidates, as well as any items submitted by candidates. Each eligible candidate is responsible for ensuring

their OMPF is correct and up-to-date with the latest evaluations, awards and other appropriate information. Candidates may submit a letter to the board to provide any new information or missing information that is not currently in their OMPF. Letters to the selection board for FTS CPO eligible candidates must be received by the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) customer service center by April 22, 2013. The FTS Selection Board is scheduled to convene May 13, 2013. Letters to the selection board for active component CPO Selection Board eligible candidates must be received at NPC customer service center by May 28, 2013.The

active component selection board is scheduled to convene June 17, 2013 and is the largest selection board held at NPC. Letters to the board may be mailed or submitted electronically. Submission procedures and mailing addresses are outlined in the NAVADMIN. Communication to the board must originate from individual candidates; correspondence from the command or from any source other than the candidate to the president of the board will not be accepted or considered. Additional information regarding this cycle will be posted at the NPC website under “Boards” at For more information read NAVADMIN 294/12 and visit the NPC website.

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Spice: Another way to spell disaster By Naval Education and Training Command Force Master Chief April Beldo The Navy is a “Global Force for Goodâ€? and our Sailors embody its Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Each day, I’m energized when I see Sailors challenging themForce Master Chief selves to reach April Beldo their personal and professional goals. Because of their enthusiasm, I have no doubt that the outlook of our maritime force shines bright as these individuals motivated by dedication, service and sacriďŹ ce continue to perfect their talents across the eet and around the globe. Yet for all of the positive things going on in our Sailors’ lives, our Navy is being plagued by a sickness among our ranks. Each week, in all-too-familiar reports, we see detailed accounts of Sailors being caught, testing positive and being separated from the Navy for using synthetic marijuana or Spice.This threat to our Navy’s readiness is also known as K2, Spice Gold, Spice Silver, Spice Diamond, Genie, Yucatan Fire, Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Zohai or Red Magic. Whatever it’s called, not in my Navy! This synthetic drug presents a real and existing danger to a user’s mental and physical health, as well as their military careers. Being under the inuence of this drug can adversely affect the performance of our shipmates on and off duty. Some of the short-term effects include auditory and visual hallucinations, painless head pressure, panic attacks, time distortion and delirium. Psychotic symptoms can last for days, even months in some cases. Long-term effects from this mind altering drug can include perma-

nent physical impairment, mental illness or death. These products aren’t approved for human consumption and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process. Similar to other drugs on the street, experts warn that you never know what mixture of chemicals could be present in the drugs and users are experimenting with the combination of multiple products,which can dramatically change or increase its effects on a case-by-case basis. In San Diego, one of our major eet concentration areas, multiple patients have been treated at Naval Medical Center San Diego for using Spice, some resulting in months of inpatient treatment for persistent psychotic symptoms. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, increased dosage, addiction and use of synthetic marijuana has led to a surge in emergency room visits and calls to poison control centers. It saddens me that even though they know that the odds are against them, some of our Sailors continue to gamble with their lives, playing Russian roulette with no possible way to win. Regrettably, simple message trafďŹ c can’t portray the negative impact the use of this man-made drug has on unit cohesion. Drug abuse puts lives and missions at risk and undercuts unit readiness, morale and esprit de corps. On ightlines, onboard ships and on bases around the world,we put our lives in the hands of our shipmates.We trust that the Sailor or Marine we are working with is focused and capable. If they have used Spice, their readiness for duty and their professional judgment is in question. I also can’t adequately express the drug’s impact in terms of permanent personal consequences, including criminal charges, discharge and long-term medical issues, not to mention the impact to the Sailor’s family. Those most — See Spice, Page 16

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Neptune Festival

Photo by Kelley Stirling

NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis was the guest speaker at the Neptune Festival’s Final Toast, honoring Virginia Beach’s hometown heroes at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Sept. 30. Geis, along with the Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, and 2012 King Neptune Aubrey Lane honored local heroes, which included the Virginia Beach teacher of the year, members of the fire and police departments, and the military, such as Oceana Sailor of the Quarter RP1(AW/FMF) Jorge Arocho. The 39th year of Virginia Beach’s Neptune Festival, which included musical concerts, a boardwalk art show and a sand-sculpting tournament.

Domestic violence: Navy offers help, support for victims — Continued from page 3 not involve military chain of command or law enforcement. Unrestricted reports, however, will include an investigation by command and/or law enforcement.In both cases, victims can receive a full range of advocacy, medical and counseling services. If you are a victim of domestic violence, speak with a counselor or victim advocate at your local Fleet and Family Support Center, a healthcare provider at a military treatment facility, or a Navy chaplain about the options that are available to you. You may also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE, or visit for more information. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is

available to support families in the U.S. and overseas. FAP staff members are professionally trained, respond appropriately to incidents of abuse and neglect,support victims, and offer prevention and treatment services.An important part of the program is a collaboration among FAP staff, military units, law enforcement, medical and legal personnel,family service centers,chaplains and civilian agencies. This coordinated community effort is essential for success in preventing and responding to abusive behavior within military families. To inquire about the services that are available at the Fleet and Family Support Center, visit or call the Oceana FFSC at 433-2912.

Domestic violence awareness event at Oceana Volunteers are needed to assist Oceana FFSC in forming a human ribbon, the symbol of Domestic Violence Awareness, for a photograph to be taken from the NAS Oceana air traffic control tower. If possible, volunteers should wear purple shirts but the uniform of the day is acceptable. Participants should meet in the air operations parking lot at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 and the photo will be taken at 10:30. For more information, call the Oceana FFSC at 433-2912.

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— Continued from page 6 including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. Every employer nominated will receive a Patriot Award certificate and accompanying lapel pin. “I would like to thank these great Americans for helping us do our job,” said Cutchen, during the awards presentation.“We cannot complete our mission without your support.” Each employer signed a declaration to continue serving the military by supporting their current and future employees who serve in the military part-time. “The big thing to take away from here, is we all serve,” said Stephen.“The service member, the employer and the family.”

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TTGL hosts Warfare Commander’s Conference for Carrier Strike Group 10 STORY/PHOTO BY LT. CMDR. TIMOTHY KUNKEL Tactical Training Group Atlantic Public Affairs OfďŹ cer Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, led by Rear Adm. Kevin M.Sweeney,along with USS Harry S.Truman (CVN 75),Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 22 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) began the integrated phase of their pre-deployment Fleet Response Training Plan (FRTP) with Warfare Commander’s Course (WCC) Sept. 17 - 28. Hosted by Tactical Training Group Atlantic (TTGL) on Dam Neck Annex, the WCC begins a series of synthetic and live training events which will ultimately certify CSG 10 to conduct speciďŹ c missions during its 2013 deployment. TheWCC is a two-week academic event where the strike group brings its lead planners and warfare commanders together for the ďŹ rst time to develop standard operating procedures based upon the commander’s guidance. The validity of these SOPs is tested during two in-house war games conducted at TTGL in the ďŹ nal days of the WCC. Lessons learned from the WCC are used as building blocks to drive successive training evolutions such as eet synthetic Training (group commander) and composite training unit exercise or COMPTUEX,“stepping stonesâ€? to ďŹ nal

deployment certiďŹ cation. “The warfare commander’s course provides an outstanding forum to refresh our understanding of tactical requirements,but more importantly,a time for all the team members to get to know each other and discuss how to integrate at every level and every aspect of our commands, to include the German ship Hamburg which will operate with our strike group. The time here at Tactical Training Group Atlantic has laid a ďŹ rm foundation for tremendous success during our upcoming deployment,â€? said Sweeney. TTGL provides valued training to carrier strike groups, amphibious ready groups, Marine expeditionary units and independent deployers in order to conduct maritime missions across the range of military operations. TTGL leverages training and mentoring teams to conduct simulation and live training to provide ready warďŹ ghters to plan and execute Naval missions to support joint force commanders and eet commanders.

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VFA-15 ‘VALIONS’ DOMINATE COMBAT ARCHER Unique exercise is hosted by the “Aces” of the 83rd Weapons Evaluation Group BY LT. JOHN COLVIN VFA-15 Public Affairs Officer During the average career of a fighter pilot, there are not many opportunities aside from all-out-war, to shoot live air-to-air missiles. They are expensive, limited in numbers, and require the use of equally expensive drones. However, every now and then, such an opportunity arises. It did early August for the pilots of the “Valions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15. The opportunity came in the form of WSEP (Weapon System Evaluation Program), also known as Exercise Combat Archer. WSEP is a unique one-week exercise, hosted by the “Aces” of the 83rd Weapons Evaluation Group Aug. 3 -11. Based out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., the 83rd is the U.S. Air Force unit responsible for evaluation of weapon systems in an operational environment. Lt. Col. Lance Wilkins, commander of the 82ndAerialTargets Squadron,explained the unique mission in simple terms. “When a new weapon system is delivered from the manufacturer, it has proven that it can per-

form to its promised specifications while undergoing testing in a very controlled environment. But nobody really knows how it will perform in a realistic, operational scenario. How will it work when it gets banged around and loaded without the care of a laboratory environment? Will the aircrew be able to actually shoot it? Will it work as advertised against various targets? This is the purpose of WSEP, and why we spend all this money shooting these things.” As a response to the appallingly low success of U.S. aircrew, aircraft and missiles against Soviet-supplied MIGs in the skies over North Vietnam,the Department of Defense conducted a thorough investigation, resulting in the “Ault Report.” Completed in 1969, it not only laid the groundwork for the Navy’s famed Top Gun School, but also identified many factors that had contributed to such paltry results in the early years of the air war.Among them were major disparities between missile manufacturer’s claims and the quality of product that frontline units were actually receiving. Additionally, these early missiles, designed for benign long range intercepts of Soviet bombers, were far too complicated in operation to be useful in the dynamic turning air-to-air engagements that U.S. aircrews were routinely finding themselves in, over North Vietnam. Furthermore, the

Lt. John Colvin, the author of the article, stands next to the AIM-7M Sparrow missile that he would shoot during Exercise Combat Archer. VFA-15 participated in the exercise Aug. 3 11, which was based out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Photo by AMC Jon Hamel familiarity of aircrew with the operating envelopes of their missiles was found to be severely lacking. WSEP was created to address all of these issues. With the help of the unmanned target drones provided by the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, the 83rd WEG and the WSEP program provide the setting for operational units of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to receive this specialized training and experience. Over the course of the week, the Valions successfully shot six live air-to-air missiles; three AIM-7Ms, two AIM-9Ms, and one AIM9X. In all, six Valion junior officers took part in the unique training. Perhaps most notably,Lt. Jon Boyer,a seasoned veteran of the Valions’ 2011 cruise, downed a QF-4E drone with his AIM-9X. “It was a pretty incredible experience. The missile was true to its name... Watching the F-4 go down in flames was pretty unreal!” said Boyer about his experience.

The pilots weren’t the only show in town. Without the help of the Valion ordnance and maintenance teams, the valuable training would not have been possible. Beyond simply training pilots and aircrew in the use of their weapons,WSEP is also intended to provide maintainers with experience in handling and readying live air-to-air missiles for use. The Valions had a 100 percent success rate of missiles shot off of the aircraft, engaging the intended target. Aside from the missile shots,Valion pilots also had the unique opportunity to practice air-to-air gunnery against a towed banner target, and dissimilar air combat training against F-15Cs from the“Grim Reapers” of the U.S.Air Force’s 493rd Fighter Squadron, visiting from RAF Lakenheath, UK. Overall, it was an outstanding experience for the squadron and provided them with invaluable training that enhanced the combat lethality of the entire Valion team in future operations.

Career Intermission Pilot Program presented at NC Symposium BY ENSIGN AMBER LYNN DANIEL Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs MEMPHIS,Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented an overview of the Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP) to more than 1,000 Sailors during the 24th Annual Navy Career Counselor Symposium Sept. 25. The presentation, briefed by Lt.. Cmdr. Chris Muller, Career Intermission program manager, discussed current CIPP requirements, future potential changes, and how CIPP can provide balance to a Sailor’s career, setting them on a path to long-term life/work success. “CIPP is not a one-size-fits-all program. It’s not supposed to be,” said Muller. “For those Sailors looking to take a break from active duty service to pursue other career-en-

hancing options, it can be a great way to meet their needs — but they need to know about the program.” Muller said Sailors have heard the acronym CIPP but have a misconception the program is only open to women who want to take time off to start a family. CIPP can also be used to pursue higher education, better align dual-military careers, care for an ill family member, or even travel the world. “CIPP is not just a program for women who want to take time off to have children, although for those that want a break in service to do so, it can be a viable option,” said Muller.“Sailors are using CIPP for a variety of reasons, the biggest reason being pursuit of higher education.CIPP is a great program to use for educational opportunities that wouldn’t normally be as compatible with full-time active duty service.” CIPP is currently authorized through FY 2015, provid-

ing 20 officer and 20 enlisted program application slots each year. Upon acceptance to CIPP, participants transfer out of the active component and directly into the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Participants can utilize the program from one to three years, incurring an active duty obligation of two months for every month of program participation following their return to active duty. While in CIPP, participants retain full medical and dental benefits for themselves and their dependents, full Navy Exchange and Commissary benefits, a monthly stipend equal to 1/15 of the participants active duty basic pay, and a one-time CONUS permanent change of station (PCS). During CIPP, participants electronically muster for accountability purposes, but remain in IRR status. All CIPP

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Flu vaccine available at NMCP and branch clinics From Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs

MCPON Rick D. West (r) passes the cutlass to MCPON Michael D. Stevens during the MCPON Change of Office ceremony at the Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 28. Stevens replaced West as the 13th MCPON, and was selected while serving as the U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief. The ceremony marked the end of a 32-year career for Photo by MC2 Kiona Miller West, who served as MCPON for the past four years.

New MCPON: Stevens takes helm as Navy’s top enlisted Sailor — Continued from page 3 our great Navy for nearly 32 years and especially to serve as MCPON for the last four. Thirty-two years is a long time, but when you are talking about the end of a fantastic journey, it was just a ‘flash of time.’ I’ve never had a “bad command” because I feel commands are what you make of them and how you choose to seize the opportunities. “The thing I’m going to miss the most is, by far, the people and the energy and innovation of our Sailors and families.The ‘engine’ that truly drives our Navy is our people. Our Sailors are what makes our Navy the best that’s ever sailed the world’s oceans,” said West. MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens took the helm of the enlisted force as the Navy’s 13th MCPON after receiving the ceremonial cutlass from MCPON West. “I was honored to pick MCPON 13,” said Greenert.“It was not an easy task. MCPON Stevens is a proven and effective leader. This is a guy ready to lead our Navy and I look forward to your insight and perspective.” Stevens, a native of Montana, joined the Navy in 1983 and most recently served as U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief in Nor-

folk. His previous command master chief tours included U.S. 2nd Fleet, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, and Naval Air Station Pensacola. Stevens thanked Greenert for his trust and faith in his selection as MCPON. “I am both humbled and honored to have been provided this magnificent opportunity to lead and serve our Sailors, their families and our government civilians as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,” said Stevens. Stevens thanked West for his service, leadership and friendship and spoke to the Navy, saying he is excited about the future and looking forward to serving the Navy as MCPON by working together to carry out the Navy’s mission. The MCPON serves as an advisor to the CNO and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters dealing with enlisted personnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to boards dealing with enlisted personnel issues;is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress; and maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.

The influenza vaccine is available at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and its branch clinics for TRICARE beneficiaries. Since August, NMCP immunization teams have vaccinated its medical staff against seasonal flu. Now flu vaccine is available for all other beneficiaries. The medical center and its clinics offer flu vaccine to shore-based active duty, retirees and dependents; sea-based service members receive their flu shots through their medical department. TRICARE beneficiaries may get their flu vaccine at any of the following clinics. To accommodate busy families, several Saturday clinics have also been scheduled.

Walk-in flu vaccines •Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Immunization Clinic — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday •Boone Branch Health Clinic — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 -11 a.m.,Wednesday •Oceana Branch Health Clinic — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Thursday; 8 - 10 a.m.,Friday; extended hours Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 9 - 25 until 4:30 p.m. •Naval Station Norfolk Branch Health Clinic — 8 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8 - 11 a.m., Friday •Northwest Clinic — 7 - 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2 p.m., Monday through Friday •Yorktown Branch Health Clinic— 8 noon,1 - 2:30 p.m.,Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon,Friday • Dam Neck Clinic (active duty only) — 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7 -11 a.m.,Friday For appointments-only flu vaccines, call 1-866-MIL-HLTH or 1-866-645-4584. Vaccines are not available on a walk-in basis at TRICARE Prime clinics.

Special Saturday walk-in flu clinics •Oct. 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oceana Branch Health Clinic •Oct. 27: 4 – 7 p.m., NMCP Immunization Clinic •Nov.3:10 2 p.m.,Oceana Branch Health Clinic •Nov. 3: Retiree Seminar, Rockwell Gym, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story

Flumist nasal-spray vaccine NMCP again offers the Flumist nasalspray vaccine to beneficiaries. Vaccination with Flumist is recommended for healthy people age 2 to 49 who are not pregnant. The nasal-spray flu vaccine is made with live,weakened flu viruses.Flumist has been shown to be 20 to 30 percent more effective than the injectible shot for preventing the flu in children. The traditional flu shot injection (in the arm) will be given to children age 6 months to 2 years, adults 50 years and older, pregnant women and patients with chronic medical conditions.

Vaccinations in town An authorization is not required if the vaccine is given by a TRICARE-authorized provider. Prior to receiving can call Healthnet Federal Services at 1-877-TRICARE to find an authorized provider. Some pharmacies are using network Convenient Care Clinic (CCC) providers to administer the vaccines, however, patients need to check whether the CCC is TRICARE authorized and not a separate flu shot provider. If a patient goes to an urgent care facility for a flu vaccine, they may need an authorization if the facility bills it as a new patient visit and vaccine. Beneficiaries may download a list of the flu clinics and hours from mil/sites/NMCP or NMCPortsmouth. For additional information, beneficiaries should contact their clinic.

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Navy provides subsistence assistance for qualifying families From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn (NNS) — Low-income service members with dependents may benefit from the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Program, according to a Navy message released Sept. 24. FSSA is an additional food allowance some military families may qualify for based on a member’s household size and household income. According to NAVADMIN 292/12, the program is designed to bring eligible service member’s gross household income to 130 percent of the federal poverty line as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).The program is available for Sailors stationed in the United States and overseas. Members may be eligible for up to $1,100 per month. Active component and Reserve Sailors on active duty, meeting dependent and income-eligibility requirements on the Defense Manpower Data Center website may participate in the FSSA program. To apply, Sailors must submit a signed

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application and associated documents through their chain of command to OPNAV N130 for final certification and approval. OPNAV will forward approved applications to Defense Finance and Accounting Service for posting to the Sailors pay account. During participation in the FSSA Program,any increases in household income of $100 or more per month, or any decrease in the size of that household, must be reported within 30 days to the certifying official.Sailors receiving FSSA are responsible to report changes, and failure to do so may result in termination of eligibility for the FSSA Program and command action. The FSSA income may affect participation of the household in certain programs for which eligibility is based on income, such as subsidized school lunch programs, the Women, Infant, and Children Program, day care programs, and earned income tax credit. To learn more about FSSA, read NAVADMIN 292/12 and visit https://www.dmdc. to determine eligibility and review application procedures.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is seeking volunteers to join their docents corps (volunteer tour guides) and gallery monitors (exhibition hosts) for “50 Great American Artists”exhibit, opening to the public on Oct. 21. Retired teachers, artists and art enthusiasts with time to share and a desire to contribute to Pfac’s mission of art education should contact Becky Fitchett at

Air Force offering opportunities to return to active duty Good news for all former military members wishing to return to active duty. The Air Force is now accepting applications for its Prior Service (PS) enlistment program. The Air Force prior service enlistment program allows qualified individuals the opportunity to return to active duty through direct duty or select retraining opportunities. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements outlined in AFRSI 36-2001. The PS program is open to any qualified applicant who graduated from a basic military train-

ing (BMT) program. The PS program will accept a limited number of applicants during FY13, and the program is subject to change based upon Air Force needs. Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis, so don’t delay. Local Air Force recruiting offices Virginia Beach — 499-2688 Norfolk — 461-2401 Newport News — 826-9669 Chesapeake — 547-5955 Yorktown — 898-8275

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103 lands aboard the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by MCSN Sabrina Fine

Annual verification of officers’ flight hours announced From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy announced the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Flight Hour Verification Process for Conditional Aviation Career Incentive Pay (ACIP) and Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP) for flying programs Oct. 1. The program enables the Navy to accurately compensate officers for frequent and regular performance of operational flying duty. This verification is intended to certify that FY12 minimum flight hour requirements were met by all flying recipients eligible for conditional ACIP and HDIP, according to NAVADMIN 293/12. Conditional ACIP may be paid to eligible aeronautically designated officers in the following categories: •Aeromedical officers; •Aviation officers not meeting the required months of flying (MOF) at the 12year or 18-year gate and not having a SECNAV-approved waiver;

• Aviation officers in grades O6 and below with more than 25 years of aviation service. In order to be eligible for conditional ACIP, officers must be under orders to duty in a flying status involving operational or training flights (DIFOPS) or reported into a billet designated XXX1 or XXX2, and flying the minimum prescribed hours. HDIP for flying may be paid to non-aeronautically designated officers and aeronautically designated flag officers meeting criteria in the NAVADMIN. HDIP for flying eligibility requires a nonaeronautically designated officer to be under orders to duty in a flying status as a technical observer (DIFTECH). HDIP for flying eligibility requires an aeronautically designated flag officer to be under DIFOPS orders. In order to receive and keep an entitlement, individuals are required to verify their flight hours after the end of the fiscal year. Regardless of their current status, anyone who received conditional ACIP/HDIP during the fiscal year must submit verification. Commanding officers are required to track and report flight hours for conditional ACIP and HDIP for flying recipients. Eligible members must submit their flight hour verification and command endorsement letter to Navy Personnel Command (NPC) by Dec. 31, 2012. NAVADMIN 293/12 supersedes information provided in NAVADMIN 296/11 released Oct. 5, 2011. For information, read the message at or contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC.

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October is Energy Awareness Month A time to remind everyone about saving energy was first set aside in 1981 with American Energy Week. On Sept. 13, 1991, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed October as Energy Awareness Month. The Department of the Navy has long been conducting energy awareness campaigns that promote the wise and efficient energy use. The nation can benefit from the efficient use of energy at federal facilities. As the single largest domestic user of energy, the federal government spends more than $9 billion to power its vehicles, operations and approximately 500,000 facilities throughout the United States. Efficient energy management and innovative strategies at federal facilities: • Saves taxpayer dollars • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions • Protects the environment and natural resources • Contributes to our national security • Contributes to achieving water reduction mandates In addition, regulations like the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Orders require federal agencies to meet a number of energy and water management goals. With so many major global challenges tied to energy use, including air pollu-

tion, climate change, volatile fuel supplies and costs, aging energy infrastructure and reliance on fossil fuels, it makes sense to choose energy efficiency as a basic work ethic and lifestyle. During Energy Awareness Month and throughout the year, remember that saving energy is an individual priority and focus, and that we can safeguard our energy infrastructure and reduce our carbon footprint in all that we do through simple choices and attention to energy efficiency.

The NAS Oceana Energy Team will be having a display with activities to highlight Energy Awareness during the month. • Oct. 4, 10:30 to noon at the Dam Neck Annex Galley • Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oceana Galley • Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oceana Commissary • Oct.23,11 1 p.m.Oceana NEX • Oct. 17 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., MWR Pumpkin Patch 5K run, Oceana Fitness Center

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The Navy Energy Mascot “Brite” reminded the 2012 NAS Oceana Air Show spectators that October is Energy Awareness Month. Although the official start of Energy Awareness is Oct. 1, the Oceana Energy Team likes to be ahead of the curve in leading the way in energy reduction for the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region.

CMEO Program Manager course revisions tested during pilot BY SUSAN HENSON Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs Revised content for the Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Program Manager course was validated during a pilot held at the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) in at Dam Neck Annex Sept. 17-21. A five-day course,it is designed to provide students with the tools needed to perform as a CMEO manager and administer a command’s CMEO program in accordance with the Navy Equal Opportunity Manual, said Master Chief Information Systems Technician Frederick Simpson, CPPD’s CMEO Program Manager course manager. Students are taught applicable Depart-

ment of Defense and Navy policies and practices, according to Simpson. “Upon graduation, students will be able to identify and demonstrate effective training and presentation techniques, and assist command personnel in resolving conflict using the Informal Resolution System or formal complaint process,” he said. “Most importantly, students will be able to administer the Command Climate Survey to aid commanders in assessing the health and welfare of their command.” The course was revised over several months based on feedback from fleet equal opportunity advisors, who recommended adding content. Simpson said the pilot was a comprehensive evaluation of the newly developed material — from lesson plans and trainee guides to observation of the in-

structors and students in a real-world learning environment to validate the functionality of the new material. The course now features a block of instruction on ethnic observances as well as records and reports. “We also scaled back the lesson on ‘Management of Pregnant Servicewomen’ and focused more on stereotypes and perceptions regarding pregnant servicewomen and the harmful impacts of those stereotypes and perceptions in our work environments,” said Simpson. “Prospective CMEO managers will be taught how to maintain awareness of these behaviors, while working with their leadership in resolving these types of issues, should they arise.” According to Simpson, the best part of the course is preparing students to assist

their commanding officers (COs) in managing their EO programs.“We spend a lot of time providing students with resources and teaching them how to support COs in cultivating a command climate that recognizes and values diversity.” The course culminates in an all-inclusive exercise that requires students to properly survey and assess a command climate using various survey tools, records and reports, and then provide the results to a mock panel of subject matter experts who simulate being COs,executive officers and command master chiefs.“It’s the closest thing to a realworld debrief that gauges the student’s understanding of the policy and doctrine as it relates to equal opportunity and the management of the EO program,”Simpson said. — See CMEO, Page 18

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Pilot program: CIPP allows Sailors to take time off for variety of reasons — Continued from page 10 participants are exempt from consideration for promotion or advancement during intermission. Upon returning to active duty, the CIPP participant’s date of rank is adjusted, allowing the participant to remain competitive with those people at the same experience level. For officers, the date of rank is adjusted to a later date based on the length of the participant’s intermission. For enlisted Sailors, enlisted Time in Rate (TIR) and effective date of paygrade are adjusted to a later date based on length of the participant’s intermission. Muller emphasized that applicants are encouraged to apply for CIPP during their normal orders negotiation period,approximately six to nine months in advance of their projected rotation date. Sailors in receipt of PCS orders, Full Time Support (FTS), Sailors currently receiving a CSRB or Sailors who have not completed their first active duty fleet utilization tour are not eligible for CIPP by Congressional mandate. Additionally, Navy restrictions prohibit Sailors with pending investigations, nonjudicial punishment, court martial or civilian criminal charges or proceedings from applying to CIPP. Navy restrictions also prohibit Sailors with a record of disciplinary action within the last two years of application date,enlisted Sailors who cannot complete OBLISERVE due to high-year tenure limitations, officers in a failure of selection promotion status, or any Sailors not meeting physical readiness standards. For more information about the Career Intermission Pilot Program, visit http://

NEX is going ‘Navy Blue’ this holiday season BY KRISTINE STURKIE Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs NEXs worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shopping season this year. NEXs will offer sales and specials throughout the holiday season, beginning in early November, instead of starting off the holiday shopping season with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed Sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shopping online. “For the 2012 holiday shopping season, we have revised and refreshed our approach to the traditional‘Black Friday’sales events. We are calling it ‘Navy Blue Friday’ and will emphasize Navy core values, Navy family and preserving Thanksgiving cultural values,” said Robert J. Bianchi, Chief executive officer, Navy Exchange Service

Command (NEXCOM). We will also provide broader access to NEX sale items for afloat and deployed Sailors.” NEX customers will still find a wide variety of holiday gifts on sale as they have in the past. The prices on the items for sale will last for the duration of the sale, not be limited to a certain day or time period. NEX events will begin worldwide at 6 a.m. on Friday morning, featuring all-day Friday specials and additional sale items will be available across the entire three-day weekend. “We took this approach so customers wouldn’t feel obligated to get up early and leave their families to go shopping for the holidays,” said Tess Paquette, NEXCOM senior vice president and chief merchandising officer. “Beginning our sales earlier in the season will allow our customers to better budget their holiday spending by purchasing gifts over a longer period of time.”

NEXCOM also looked into how it could better serve its deployed customers. Based on feedback gained through focus groups, NEXCOM will run a special sale event for afloat Sailors at three days prior to Thanksgiving, with exclusive sales tailored specifically to their needs. Deployed customers will start receiving electronic or paper copies of the sales flyer onboard their ship in midNovember through their supply officer or sales officer. “We have developed an assortment of ‘Sailor requested’ items such as electronics, games and sports nutrition products which will be featured in the three-day sale,”said Paquette. “If Sailors are unable to participate in the sale due to operational or mission requirements, they will be able to contact NEXCOM’s call center after the sale dates and NEXCOM will accommodate them.”

Spice: Drug presents real danger to Sailors’ health and career — Continued from page 5 painful and private elements often go untold. The Navy’s implementation of synthetic drug testing is a necessary step in putting a halt to Sailors and Marines using these outlawed and hazardous substances. If unclear of the Navy’s policy on drug abuse, it’s straightforward and to the point — Zero Tolerance and illegal. Using Spice or other trendy drugs and artificial compounds by any member of our Navy and Marine Corps team is incompatible with the guidelines for performance, military discipline, and readiness characterized by today’s Sailors and Marines. In 2011, close to 400 Sailors were processed out of the Navy because they chose to use these drugs. As shipmates we must all watch out for

each other and remind each other that abusers will be caught, they will be separated, lose benefits and will let down the Navy team. With that gloomy forecast said, I want you to understand that I’m only identifying a very small population of misguided individuals and that an overwhelming majority of our Sailors and Marines conduct themselves honorably. There are also signs that we are winning the battle.The Navy’s history of Zero Tolerance clearly shows dramatic gains in reducing illegal drug use. In 1982, the first year of urinalysis screening, the percent of positive samples was 7.21 percent. For FY 2011, that number was less than one percent, with a total of 1,515 out of 1,184,160 samples testing positive. Here at Naval Education and Train-

ing Command (NETC) headquarters and throughout our domain, we understand that fleet readiness starts here and we go the extra mile to make sure that our students are equipped to succeed in the fleet. Our instructors and staff are charged with their training, mentoring, setting a personal example, and are committed to good order and discipline. As a team, we take on challenges by developing situational awareness, coaching our shipmates, taking advantage of resources and providing positive leadership.We also faithfully help our shipmates navigate through rough seas, and go the extra mile to prevent a shipmate from making a bad decision that could ruin their lives. If you or someone you know needs help, all you have to do is ask.



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The 2nd Annual Fleet Fest, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will offer ship tours, a vehicle show, live entertainment and static displays such as those shown in the photo during last year’s event. New this year will be a chowder cook-off. Fleet Fest is open to the general public.

— Continued from page 14 CPPD Commanding Officer Capt. John Newcomer said keeping the CMEO Program Manager course content updated is important to fleet readiness. “Training from the course will help commands resolve unprofessional behavior that destroys trust and confidence among leaders and shipmates, erodes unit cohesion and combat readiness, and File photo by MC3 Robert Rupp is contrary to our Navy Core Values,” he said.“This course is all about maintaining a positive command climate that supports our core values as well as equal opportunity and personal and professional accountability.” While the course does not grant a Navy Enlisted Classification code, all Navy commands with 16 or more people assigned are required to have a CMEO manager appointed in writing by the unit’s commander. Commanders are also required to ensure the appointee attends this course prior to assuming CMEO manager duties. Aspects of the course pilot closely monitored by CPPD included start and stop times for each lesson, lab exercise and all group exercises.The next step is to determine the total time from these events which will define the length of the course, Simpson said.“The pilot was very successful. “level the playing field” and challenge team strategy: • Commands will be allowed up to, but no more than, We identified a few problems with the new curriculum and four hours for cooking preparation on the day of the event. took recommendations from the course instructors and • Cooking preparation must be done on-site. No ingre- monitors that will improve the course even more,making it dient may be pre-cooked or treated in any way prior to flow better and improving comprehension of the learning the preparation period. Exceptions are canned or bottled objectives.” Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Muctomatoes,tomato sauce,peppers,pepper sauce,beverages, broth, and grinding and/or mixing of spices. All other in- tarr Bah, an instructor with CPPD Learning Site Dam Neck gredients must be chopped or prepared during the prepa- who was one of two instructors teaching the pilot course, said that leadership is key to effectively handle equal opporration period. • Commands will be responsible for providing their own tunity problems in a command.“The students were taught cooking utensils, safety-certified propane burners, etc. that ‘not every leadership issue is an equal opportunity is• Each team will be provided a set location, three tables sue, but every equal opportunity issue is a leadership issue,” and two chairs. The area will be open at 7 a.m. for com- he said.“We also emphasized to students to ‘know your inmands to begin setting up. structions as a CMEO.’” • Commands should make enough chowder for 500 The course will be offered at all CPPD Learning Sites two-ounce tasting samples. and may be available through CPPD Mobile Training Teams • Chowder is defined as any thick, rich soup containing (MTTs) that travel to deliver training to remote commands. chunks of food (for instance, clam, corn chowder, etc.). Not more than one quart of each command’s chowder will be collected at the end of the cooking period for the Monthly specials at Oceana Thrift Shop purpose of judging. Official judging team will not exceed The NAS Oceana Thrift Shop, located on Hornet Drive 10 members, and the decision of the judges is final. Chow- next to bachelor housing in building 419, offers monthly der judging will begin at 1 p.m. Trophies and prize money specials on store items.Active duty can take advantage of will be awarded to the top three teams for the best tasting the special on uniforms;all pants,shirts and skirts are buy chowder: $400 for first place, $200 for second and $100 one, get one free. During the last week of every month, for third. The command with the most original chowder for just $7, shoppers can fill a brown, commissary-size and best showmanship will each receive $200.A represen- paper bag or $30 for a shopping cart with anything and tative from each command will be required to meet with everything in the store that will fit, excluding uniform the judge at 9 a.m. in the judging area on the day of the items. competition. For more information on the chowder cup The store also accepts donations.A drop box is located challenge or to register for the competition, contact Mary in front of the building. Proceeds from items sold benefit Lou Williard at 462-7540 or military families and the local community. Current hours For additional information on Fleet Fest, call 322-2337 are Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m.The store’s number is 433-2193. or visit

Fleet Fest coming to Naval Station Norfolk From Fleet & Family Readiness Programs Mid-Atlantic Region Marketing Naval Station Norfolk will host the 2nd Annual Fleet Fest, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The event is open to the public and includes ship tours on board USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47), static displays, live entertainment by the U.S. Fleet Forces band, Singing Crusaders and Deloreans, car show with cash prizes and new for 2012, a chowder competition. Naval Station Norfolk’s Gate 2 will open for public access beginning at 9 a.m. Registrations for the car show are currently being accepted by MWR. This year, there will be 14 classes including 1940-1974, all Mustang, all MOPAR, all sports car, all Camaro/Firebird,all Corvette,all Asian,all Import,allTruck, all SUV, all Sport Bike, all Cruiser and all Custom (bike). Cash prizes will be awarded for each class, as well as for best exterior, best interior, participant’s choice and best in show. Parking assignments will begin at 7 a.m. and all vehicles must be on grounds by 9 a.m. Registration closes at 10 a.m., and judging begins promptly at noon. The show field is open to active duty, retirees, reservists, DoD and NAF employees and their family members only, however, public spectators are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend.There is no charge to show or view vehicles.To register, visit or contact Elizabeth Jackson at 462-4877 or ejackson@ New to Fleet Fest 2012 is the Chowder Cup Challenge, a cooking competition for best chowder open to the first 20 commands that register. Each command entering the competition will be issued a check for $200 to pay for chowder ingredients. Detailed receipts and change must be turned in the day of the event to the event coordinator. The following competition rules have been established to

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BEAMS Oct. 9 - 24, 2 - 4 p.m. Do you find your anger racing from zero to 60 at work or at home? Building Effective Anger Management Skills (BEAMS) is a six-session, skill-building program for active duty service members held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The BEAMS course is designed to prevent anger from escalating to violence. Participants learn to develop new and effective coping strategies.

EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING Oct. 10, 23, 9 a.m. to noon

CFS FORUM Oct. 5, 8:30 - 10 a.m. Command Financial Specialist (CFS) Forum provides continuing education for the trained CFS who wants to stay current on military personal finance and consumer issues. Also an excellent forum for networking with other command financial specialists

These days, only a top-notch resume will get you an interview. Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments and experience with an impressive resume. This workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.

INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES Oct. 10, 1 - 4 p.m. Want to feel more confident at your next

job interview? This workshop teaches you how. Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, and the importance of body language and positive attitude. Interview follow-up and salary negotiations are also discussed.

PARENTING TEENS Oct. 11, 2 - 4:30 p.m. This workshop presents the physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental characteristics of teens, and parents’ reactions to the way adolescents handle these changes.Discussion topics include building healthy relationships, avoiding power struggles and providing guidelines. This is an overview of the in-depth STEP/Teen multi-session program.

NAVY FAMILY OMBUDSMEN BASIC TRAINING Oct. 12 -14, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This training consists of 13 modules that help official command ombudsmen and

command leadership team members work effectively with their commands. Workshops provide resource avenues for helping families through crisis and daily living.Open to ombudsmen,commanding and executive officers, chaplains, command master chiefs and their spouses.

TRANSITION GPS Weekly, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transition GPS (Goals, Plan, Succeed) is for separating military and pre-retirees. It covers military to civilian crosswalk, financial planning, job search and career validation, federal hiring, resumes and programs, and VA benefits and other topics that facilitate a smooth transition from the military to the civilian community. If space is available, spouses may accompany the transitioning member. All classes are held Monday through Friday in building C-9 at Naval Station Norfolk. See your command career counselor for a quota and workshop requirements to attend.

Fleet and Family Support Center Oceana is located in Building 531. It offers a variety of programs and workshops to assist active duty and their families. Registration is required for most programs. Call FFSC at 433-2912 for more information or registration, unless otherwise noted or register online at

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The ship renowned worldwide for being the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the eighth in a long line of ships to carry the name, is nearing its final return to homeport Norfolk. To commemorate this monumental occasion, Military Newspapers of Virginia and The Flagship want to reflect on the ship’s years of history in a special supplement that will be given out to family, friends and its biggest history buffs during the ships final Hooyah.

Email your very best sea story, memory, or photo with the subject line ENTERPRISE DECOMMISSIONING by Oct. 8, 2012 to news@, or mail it to: The Flagship | 1510 Gilbert Street | Norfolk, VA 23511-2737. Don’t forget to include your rate, rank, name, and years served aboard Enterprise. Please help us send off this historical legend with a Fair Winds and Following Seas!

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Âť Âť  Âť  FALL FESTIVAL OF FOLKLIFE Oct. 6 -7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 39th Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife will be held at Newport News Park.The festival will feature more than 230 exhibitors showcasing traditional crafts, heritage trade demonstrations and food. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the stages of craft production from natural raw materials through the ďŹ nished product in the heritage area where craft/traditional tradespeople will showcase their skills and awards are given for best demonstration and best display. In the juried crafts area, highly-skilled craftspeople will compete for $3,100 in cash prizes.The marketplace crafts area will feature a wide variety of handmade crafts that are great for holiday gifts, collecting or home decorating, with an award given for best display. Country inspired merchandise such as jams, baked goods, herb mixes, and dairy products, will be sold in the country store area. Seafood, barbecue, pork rinds and other favorite festival food will be sold in the food area. New food vendors include Cakealicious Design Studio with gourmet cupcakes and cookies, Apple Frankies Enterprises with buffalo chicken wings and Divine Wood with wood ďŹ red pizzas.Food vendors will compete for the best food vendor award.New for 2012 is a pumpkin patch, where kids can choose a pumpkin from the patch ($1 for small,$3 for large),transport it by wheel barrow to a decoration station to add a face and accessories, weigh it and

then record its weight and name on its “birth certiďŹ cate.â€? Music and entertainment will be provided by the Hunts, Bria Kelly, Logan Flurry, Honey Dewdrops and Atumpan The Talking Drums Admission is free; parking fee is $10 per vehicle on site and at satellite areas of Greenwood Elementary School/Woodside High School. Free shuttle bus service will run between the satellite parking areas and the festival. No pets permitted in festival area. Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft.Eustis Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue. For more information or special assistance,call 926-1400.Visit parks-and-recreation/fallfestival for a complete schedule and list of crafters.

VIRGINIA CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 24th Annual AT&T Virginia Children’s Festival, Hampton Roads’ favorite family tradition, will take place this Saturday at Town Point Park on the Norfolk waterfront.Children will enjoy the kid-riďŹ c imagination stations, while parents join in the fun with the many shows and displays throughout Town Point Park. Bring a camera for photos with your favorite costumed characters. Visit the multiple workshops, exhibitions and activities that are sure to get the creative juices owing. Toddler Town is a special gated area for even the youngest guests to enjoy the fun. New this year are special static displays by the Navy and the Coast Guard. General admission is $3 in advance at www.festevents. org or $3 at the gate. Infants are free. Guests displaying an AT&T wireless phone receive one free admission. For more information, visit or call 4412345.

STAMPSCRAPARTTOUR Oct. 12 -14 Get scrappy at the StampScrapArtTour, a national rubber stamp and scrapbook show returning to the Hampton Roads Convention Center for the seventh consecutive year. The event will showcase the latest rubberstamping and scrapbooking supplies on sale from national vendors. The fun will ofďŹ cially kick-off on Oct.12 with a pre-event Make-And-Take Project Party, 7 – 10 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite vendors and learn some new techniques. Light refreshments, delicious desserts, goodie bags and entrance into Saturday and Sunday’s show are all included in the $30 price of admission. Tickets are only available online at On Saturday and Sunday, check out all the latest trends in scrapbooking and rubberstamping by visiting vendor booths. In addition, many vendors will offer free demonstrations and make-and-takes at their booths.Hours are Saturday,10 5 p.m.and Sunday,10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Weekend admission is $6, ticket good for Saturday and Sunday admission and can be purchased at the door. For more information, check out

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Push your body to the limit BY KATISHA DRAUGHN Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs Officer This year’s Hampton Roads Fleet Week Grunt Run, Oct. 13,will have competitors pushing their bodies to the limit, in more ways than one. The Grunt Run, held at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Northwest Annex, will have participants experience obstacles, rough terrain, climbs, swamps and other challenges under the watchful eye of their personal drill instructor. “This run will take people out of their everyday comfort zone of normal physical training and force them to push their bodies to the limit,” said Glenn Nelson, MWR athletic and fitness director and Grunt Run race director. The course is more than five miles long and will consist of mud crawls, wall climbs, an ammo can carry, barrier jumps and a few surprising obstacles. The run, which attracted approximately 500 people last year, entailed various planning components such as developing a planning team, setting up meeting dates, assigning different areas of responsibility, setting up marketing, designing artwork for the flyers and T-shirts, and establishing volunteer requirements. “Basically an event such as this requires a lot of planning and team work,” said Nelson. The run is free for the military community without a Tshirt purchase; the military community with a T-shirt purchase is $15; the general public without a T-shirt purchase is $20; and the general public with a T-shirt purchase is $30. Participants can run individually or as part of a co-ed team. “This event creates an opportunity for some family fun,” said Nelson.“In addition to the actual run, we will have a rock climbing wall, corn hole and bouncing ride. Most of all, this event gives base personnel a chance to connect with other members who are stationed here.”




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Admirals’ season begins Dam Neck sand with exhibition games volleyball tournament From the Norfolk Admirals

The Dam Neck Captain’s Cup 4x4 Sand Volleyball Tournament began with four teams,Tactical Training Group Atlantic, Combat Direction Systems Activity, Naval Ocean Processing Facility and Marine Air Control Squadron 24.After being rained out five times, the final tournament pitted NOPF against MACS-24, with NOPF taking home the championship plaque and additional Captain’s Cup points for the first place finish on Sept. 5.

The Norfolk Admirals and Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex announced the Admirals and Charlotte Checkers will play an exhibition game at the Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex in Chesapeake Oct. 7.The puck will drop at 1 p.m. General admission tickets for this game are $10 and only available through Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex. They may be purchased on site at 1416 Stephanie Way, Chesapeake or online at Limited seating is available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Pro-

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LS2 Shannon Davis from NOPF makes a vicious spike at the net as players from MACS24, Cpl. Christopher Dawkins (l) and Sgt. Matthew Baldwin (back to camera) get ready to block the shot. The Sand Volleyball tournament first place finishers are the team from NOPF, Shown with their award are ENC Roshan Chatter, EM2 Joshua Martinez and LS2 Shannon Davis and STG2 Mike Jones. Photos by David Dunlap

Members of the MACS-24 team with their award as runners-up are Sgt. David Burger, Sgt. Matthew Baldwin, Cpl. Christopher Dawkins and Sgt. Joseph Colby.

The 30th annual Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Golf Tournament will be Oct. 11, at the Heron Ridge Golf Course, Virginia Beach. Registration will be from 12 -12:45 p.m. and the practice range will be open.Tournament format is Captain’s Choice and begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee of $100 per person includes greens fees and cart, boxed lunch, dinner, beverages, awards, prizes and more.There will also be a prize for a holein-one. Proceeds support the Crime Solvers which pays rewards for tips for information that leads to crimes that occur in Virginia Beach. For more information, contact Jimmy Capps at the Breakers Resort Inn at 4281821 or the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 385-8995 or visit www.CrimeSolvers. com.

SK8R Bash It’s back! The action-packed skateboard competition at the 24,000 square foot Mount Trashmore Skate Park takes place Oct. 20. Complete with big airs, board grabs and other raw tricks, this contest runs alongside fun activities and rockin’ live music, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss the RedBull professional skater demo

ceeds will benefit the Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex youth hockey programs. For more details, call 420-4488. The Admirals and Checkers will also play an exhibition game Oct.6,at 7:15 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena. Tickets for this game are also $10 and are on sale at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-300 and online at The 2012-13 Admirals hockey season begins Oct. 12, at Norfolk Scope Arena. Purchase season tickets through the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call 6401212 weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit

and autograph signing session. Registration is underway for anyone who wants to compete. Applications accepted on first come, first serve basis until categories are full; space is limited.The cost is $25 in advance;$30 day of, if space is available. Helmets are required; elbow and knee pads are recommended. Competitors receive a contest T-shirt. WRV prize packs include skate decks, sunglasses, apparel and skateboard accessories, awarded to first through third place in each category. Parents must sign for participants under age 18 and proof of age may be required. Each competitor will be given a 30 second intro-run, and then placed in a 10 - 20 person jam session.The competitors from each category in a final jam. Divisions and schedules are listed on the registration form available at

Pumpkin Patch 5K Oceana Fitness and Sports is sponsoring the Pumpkin Patch 5 on Oct. 17.The run begins and ends at the Flightline Fitness Center, building 545. Advance registration is available through Oct. 15; same day registration begins at 10 a.m. and the run begins at 11:30 a.m. The race is free. Entries are available MWR fitness centers. Call 433-2049/3801 for more information.

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